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Activists' calls for sanctuary ordinance go unanswered

09/16/2020
The clash between immigration activists and Sheriff Robert Doyle that leaves the Board of Supervisors caught in the middle continued this week, as supervisors passed a resolution that urged the sheriff to reduce his cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The mostly symbolic act by supervisors was opposed by at...

Woodward a glimpse into fiery future

09/16/2020
As smoke from an unprecedented fire season fills the air, fire experts are sounding the alarm that the State of California is on an unsustainable path. Smoke is closing businesses and schools, deteriorating mental and physical health, and exposing a series of failures around forest management and climate change. Wildfires...

Climate adaptations lagging, jury finds

09/16/2020
The Marin County Civil Grand Jury is urging jurisdictions countywide to join together to develop a comprehensive climate change adaptation strategy. In a report published last week, the jury found that efforts to lower greenhouse gas emissions in Marin have been successful, but that the necessary adaptation of public infrastructure...

Indoor venues allowed limited opening with Marin's move to red tier

09/16/2020
Marin’s shelter order was loosened on Tuesday, a move that public health officer Dr. Matt Willis described as “the largest step we have taken as the county since the beginning of shelter-in-place.” As of Tuesday, retail establishments and indoor malls can open at 50 percent capacity; restaurants were allowed to...

Many changes in store for Election Day

09/16/2020
The good news about November’s general election is that voting in person at a polling station will be available on four days, from Saturday, Oct. 31, through Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 3. The bad news is that only three polling stations will be open in all of West Marin...

Changes in state Covid counting puts Marin's reopening on hold

09/09/2020
The stops and starts of Covid-19 restrictions continue. After Marin announced that restaurants, places of worship and personal care services could open indoors with reduced capacity on Tuesday, the state ordered the county to delay reopening the evening before it was scheduled. The 11th-hour reversal is a result of changing...

In separate panels, Miwok descendants support renaming boulevard

09/09/2020
Descendants of the Coast Miwok have expressed their support for the renaming of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, accepting a request made by many in the local movement that they help provide a new name. In August, a panel featuring members of the official tribe representing the Coast Miwok explored the...

Nature Notebook, September 10, 2020

09/09/2020
The autumn equinox arrives Tuesday, Sept. 22 with equal hours of day and night. In the Celtic tradition, it is the second great harvest festival, Mabon, a time to rest after hard labor, give thanks for the abundance of nature, and prepare for the long winter darkness ahead. My unexpected...

MALT sues county over public records request

09/09/2020
The Marin Agricultural Land Trust sued the county last month for releasing documents it argues are private and privileged, seeking not only to reclaim them but to block the county’s impending release of more information. A Ross resident who sought unsuccessfully to collaborate with MALT to purchase a ranch several...

Woodward Fire boxed in and under control

09/09/2020
Anxiety has turned to cautious optimism as containment approaches 100 percent on the Woodward Fire this week. Lower humidity and temperatures approaching triple digits over the holiday weekend tested the 4,900-acre blaze, which stayed within the box that firefighters have built around it. An evacuation order was lifted on 90...

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